Hard times and rough rides: the legal and ethical impossibilities of researching 'shock' pornographies

Jones, Steve and Mowlabocus, Sharif (2009) Hard times and rough rides: the legal and ethical impossibilities of researching 'shock' pornographies. Sexualities, 12 (5). pp. 613-628. ISSN 1363-4607

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Abstract

This article explores the various ethical and legal limitations faced by researchers studying extreme or ‘ shock’ pornographies, beginning with generic and disciplinary contexts, and focusing specifically upon the assumption that textual analysis unproblematically justifies certain pornographies, while legal contexts utilize a prohibitive gaze. Are our academic freedoms of speech endangered by legislations that restrict our access to non-mainstream images, forcing them further into taboo locales? If so, is the ideological normalization of sexuality inextricable from our research methodologies? Simultaneously, can we justify researchers being allowed access to materials that are not deemed suitable for general consumption, which may further bolster normalized hierarchies of class-privilege and cultural capital?

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: legislation, horror, pornography
Subjects: P300 Media studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Media & Communication Design
Depositing User: Steve Jones
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2012 12:16
Last Modified: 10 May 2017 14:33
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/9133

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